Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This week was so full of miracles. And Birthday Shout Outs

Isabel Camille Fisher
Delaney Amber Nelson
Wade Dean Burbank

Three of my favorite people just or are just about to get one year older!! 
Just a quick shout out to all of them...because I love them.

This week was so full of miracles. We found a family that lives about 12 km out of the city, and they are so ready to be members. We took the Bishop and his wife to go visit them last Saturday and they were instant friends. Turns out the mom of this family is an amazing singer and since Bishop and his wife are music teachers, it was just perfect. Bishop even brought his guitar and they all sang to us before we left. It was one of the most memorable nights of my mission. I love this area because I feel like every where we go we sing, or eat. Which are pretty much my two most favorite things to do ever.

Also, Bishop surprised me on Saturday and asked me to speak the next day in Sacrament meeting. Which was my first time ever speaking in a Sacrament meeting in Thai. I was pretty nervous. But it went really well. I just have to say that the Gift of Tongues is a REAL THING. I can't even stress that enough. As I was speaking it was as if someone was guiding my thoughts. It was the coolest experience ever. I can't even believe I gave a talk in Thai. Speaking in Sacrament Meeting and teaching in Thai is so different. But I love both! God is so good. 

I hope everything is going great and everyone isn't too cold. The weather is a scorching 91 degrees here in Roi et. But it's as if it doesn't even phase me anymore. This is HOME! 

I challenge everyone to find someone to serve this week. And make it anonymous! :)

Love from Thailand! 

Sister Burbank

Sister Yang and I - We love each other so much! 


Sunday, January 17, 2016

To Bangkok and Back

This week though. 

We had MLC (missionary leadership council) this last week so a majority of my week was spent on a bus. Getting to Bangkok and back. But honestly it was a lot of fun, but I am seriously exhausted. 

The training was AMAZING. I love President and Sister Johnson and the AP's. Everything was so perfect as we enter our Vision for 2016.


Right now the focus is getting our 3 Stakes that we current have to explode into 8 Stakes!! 
Which is more than possible. I am attaching the talk that we have been studying about the church in Nicaragua because that is the vision for Thailand right now. READ THIS TALK! It will pump you up! Here is the link also: https://www.lds.org/ensign/2006/09/nicaragua-hungering-for-the-beautiful-fruit?lang=eng

We are getting better at working with members and increasing the fire all over Thailand for missionary work! You can just feel the energy in the air. IT'S SO INCREDIBLE! I can't even explain it. I feel so grateful to be serving here at this time and join with the last 50 years of missionaries in laying the ground work for this Temple in Thailand. I just want to thank every missionary that has ever had a part in building the Kingdom of God here in Thailand because Thailand couldn't do it without EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU! And I also want to thank all the members that sacrifice so much each and everyday to keep the church growing. You are SO respected and loved! <3

This last Sunday we had our stake president stand up and announce that on NOVEMBER 2nd 2016 is the 50th Anniversary of Missionary Work in Thailand. They are planning a HUGE festival for it and inviting every missionary that have ever served here. I am want to be here!! It's going to be incredible. 

I don't know how to fully express how I feel about this mission, but I love it. With every little ounce of my little self. I LOVE THAILAND. I LOVE THESE PEOPLE. I LOVE MY FATHER IN HEAVEN.

As STL, I have the opportunity to travel to many cities in Thailand and train missionaries on what President Johnson trains us on. This last week we trained in Korat, Kalasin, and Roi Et. It was such a great experience! After finally getting back Saturday afternoon from training, we had our cute little 15 year old investigator Sister Pop get interviewed. She passed with flying colors and then we had her baptism just yesterday! Her cousin, Brother First (18 yrs), was there to support her. Before Sister Pop got baptized he was the only member in his family! I am so excited to see more of his family follow his righteous example. I love that family so much. They are incredible musicians which obviously I'm more than okay with! Singing and jamming on the guitar to "Come Thou Fount" in Thai has never been so fun. Life is so good!!  

I love this invitation from Christ, Himself - "Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me." [3 Nephi 9:14]

What could be a greater promise than that?? 
This is what it is all about. Through the temple we are sealed to our families for time and for all eternity. To enjoy the blessing of eternal life. TOGETHER. What could be more desirable than that? Death is not the end...we will be with our loved ones again. 

I know that through Jesus Christ that this is made possible. I know that because over this last year I have prayed and struggled and agonized over that very truth here in Thailand. And through diligent prayer, scripture study and the tender whisperings of the Holy Ghost I can finally say it. I KNOW THAT FAMILIES CAN BE TOGETHER FOREVER. I KNOW IT.

And my most deepest desire for all of you is that you might KNOW it too. Really, really KNOW it.
So COME UNTO HIM, and discover just HOW Jesus Christ truly is the answer to every question you've ever had.

"...Then sings my soul my Savior God to thee. How Great Thou Art..." (#86 - How Great Thou Art)

Love you.

Sister Burbank

Brother First and Sister Pop (Families are FOREVER)

Sister Pop and พ่อจันทร์